3 Steps to Building Courage

Courage needed to enter Promised Land despite abundant fruit

Courage was what the children of Israel needed to enter the Promised Land. Moses sent twelve spies to see about the land and the people who inhabited it. Although they found rich land producing abundant fruit, they also found fortified cities and giants. (Numbers 13:1-33) Ten of the returning spies…  Read More

Be Still and Teach Your Children the Same

Be still-girl reading Bible facing ocean

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 “Busy, and How Are You?” Does it bother you that the universal answer to “How are you?” is “Busy”? What if we answered with a description of our feelings? “Joyful, how about you?” or “Excited, our vacation begins tomorrow.” “Kinda…  Read More

Encourage by Specific Praise

Teen girl folding towels

As you begin to encourage your family, you start noticing what they do right. You may say, “Good job,” “I’m proud of you” and “I know you can do it.” These encouraging words make the person feel good about his or her efforts. One Way to Encourage Suppose that you…  Read More

Encouragement Can Change a Life

Encouragement Led to Career as Draftsman

Encouragement is so vital to our kids that I must tell this story to illustrate its importance. A “Repeat” Freshman’s Discouragement Years ago, I was talking to a young man in my counseling office who was failing most of his classes for the second year. Because of previous failures, he…  Read More

Be an Encouraging Parent

Mom encouraging daughter about homework

Encouraging one another was important in the first century just as it is today. Barnabas was one of the early church followers of Christ. When we read his story in Scripture, it’s easy to see why he was called “Son of Encouragement,” Additionally, Paul often told the early Christians to…  Read More